The object of this page is to supply various resources in order for you to successfully pass the Basic Qualification exam as established by Industry Canada. We strongly recommend you obtain a copy of the Basic Qualification Study Guide. Please don’t be intimidated by what you see here. If you managed your High School science class, you can manage this. We have club members who will be happy to mentor you, should you have any questions. Contact the BARC Education Coordinator.
You can practice for the exam by going the the Amateur Radio Exam Generator page.
When you are ready, we also have an accredited examiner who will be available in order for you to write the exam.
See also, our Education page. So let’s get started and good luck.
The BARC acknowledges the contribution of Industry Canada, the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC), the Georgian Bay Amateur Radio Club (GBARC) and the Yellowknife Amateur Radio Society (YARS), whose links, pdf and ppt presentations are found below. We would also like to thank the many YouTube presenters found on this page.
Introduction to Amateur Radio
Basic Electrical Theory
Chapters 2, 3 and 4
Getting Down to Basics (BARC Presentaion pdf)
Atomic Structure and Electrical Force (YouTube)
Conductors and Insulators (YouTube)
Potential Difference (YouTube)
Ohm’s Law (YouTube)
What is a Resistor (YouTube)
What is a Capacitor (YouTube)
What is an Inductor (YouTube)
Wave Theory and Propagation
Chapters 5 and 6
Wave Theory and Propagation (BARC Presentaion pdf)
Electomagnetic Spectrum (YouTube)
Electrical Resonance (Wikipedia)
Canadian Amateur Radio 0 – 30Mhz Band Plans (RAC link)
Canadian Amateur Radio 6M Band Plans (RAC link)
Canadian Amateur Radio VHF Band Plans (RAC link)
Canadian Amateur Radio UHF Band Plans (RAC link)
Transmission Lines and Antennas
Chapters 7 and 8
Active Devices: Diodes, Transistors and Tubes
Establishing and Operating an Amateur Radio Station
Chapters 11 and 12
Receivers, Transmitters and Interference
Chapters 13, 14 and 15
Safety and Regulations
Chapters 16 and 17
Industry Canada Circulars
RIC 3 Information on the Amateur Radio Service
RIC 9 Call Sign Policy and Special Event Prefixes
RBR 3 Technical Requirements Respecting Identification of Radio Stations
RBR 4 Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service
Radio Communication Act